SAN FRANCISCO, June 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Phylagen, the San Francisco-based genomics company that’s creating the world’s largest environmental microbiome database, was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s «Technology Pioneers.» Phylagen was founded by Jessica Green and Harrison Dillon in 2014 to monitor the microbiome in buildings and throughout supply chains to assure surface cleanliness, customer and worker safety, and even brand and labeling fidelity.

The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers are early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society. Technology Pioneers community is an integral part of the larger Global Innovators community of start-ups at the World Economic Forum.

Following its selection as Technology Pioneer, Phylagen’s CEO and co-founder, Jessica Green, will be invited to participate at World Economic Forum activities, events and discussions throughout the year. Phylagen will also contribute to Forum initiatives over the next two years, working with policymakers and private sector leaders to help define the global agenda on key issues.

«We’re excited to welcome Phylagen to our 20th cohort of Technology Pioneers,» says Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum. «Phylagen and its fellow pioneers are developing cutting edge technologies all over the world. Beyond their innovations, these firms are contributing greatly to improving the state of the world.»

«It’s a special honor to be among this group of technology pioneers,» said Jessica Green, co-founder and CEO of Phylagen. «Our work focuses on the valuable information hidden in the world of trillions of organisms that live on every surface on Earth. From pandemic outbreaks to supply chain disruptions, unauthorized outsourcing, forced labor, and even brand counterfeiting, our work is seeing a growing number of applications that matter now more than ever.»

This year’s cohort selection marks the 20th anniversary of the Tech Pioneers community. Throughout its 20-year run, many Technology Pioneers have continuously contributed to advancement in their industries while some have even gone on to become household names. Past recipients include Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Spotify, TransferWise, Twitter and Wikimedia.

2020 Tech Pioneer firms are shaping the future by advancing technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, blockchain, biotechnology and many more. The diversity of these companies extends to their leadership as well, as over 25% of 2020 Tech Pioneers are female led. The firms also come from regions all around the world, extending their community far beyond Silicon Valley. The full list of Technology Pioneers can be found here.

Technology Pioneers have been selected based on the community’s selection criteria, which includes innovation, impact and leadership as well as the company’s relevance with the World Economic Forum’s Platforms.

All info on this year’s Technology Pioneers can be found here: 

More information on past winners, information on the community and the application link can be found here.

About Phylagen:

At Phylagen we are monitoring the environmental microbiome that exists on every surface on the planet, effectively unlocking the genetics of things and empowering brands and organizations to better protect and serve people. Phylagen’s microbial monitoring—coupled with advanced AI and machine learning—provides crucial insights that have been hidden until now. Through understanding indoor environmental quality, and monitoring the microbiome in buildings and throughout supply chains, we can assure surface cleanliness, customer and worker safety, as well as brand and labeling fidelity. Learn how Phylagen Origin and Phylagen Surface can work with your organization at

About World Economic Forum: The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. (

About the Global Innovators:
The Global Innovators Community is a group of the world’s most promising start-ups and scale-ups that are at the forefront of technological and business model innovation. The World Economic Forum provides the Global Innovators Community with a platform to engage with public- and private-sector leaders and to contribute new solutions to overcome current crises and build future resiliency.

Companies who are invited to become Global Innovators will engage with one or more of the Forum’s Platforms, as relevant, to help define the global agenda on key issues.

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